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Jan 4, 2014 12:35am PST
from night cold, and if all else fails, rosaries. here's abc's jim avila. >> reporter: the cold, hard end of the road. a metal slab in the morgue, tucson, arizona, where hundreds of unnamed immigrants end their desperate quest for an american life. and it falls to robin, an anthropologist working among the dead here to tackle the huge task of identifying the remains of men and women who died crossing the mexican border over the past three years. >> the i think it is really important for us to think about the human cost of our border today. >> reporter: down the hall, robin keeps a solemn locker room. >> people are carrying a lot of religious items with them. like rosaries. many, many prayer cards. it really, to me indicates that you are, you are planning for something where you need extra protection. >> she keeps a book filled with the hard luck cases. >> these are cases where the family is called in. they haven't found someone yet. they don't know what happened. their son or daughter called from altar and said, mom, we are crossing the border tomorrow as soon as we get across i am go
ABC
Jan 29, 2014 12:35am EST
presidential promises. here's abc's jim avila. >> mr. speaker, the president of the united states! >> reporter: barack obama's fifth state of the union address have all the weird trappings the american is used to. the long walk down the house center aisle to shake hands with congressmen and women who have been camped out for a full day to get that back slapping moment with the leader of the free world. handing manila envelopes containing the speech to the vice president and the speaker of the house that may never be opened since they can read the teleprompter from where they sit. the ups and downs in the audiences at applause line, a total of 40 standing o's on this night. it was all there. so what was new? besides five years of more gray hair for president obama? and one of the duck dynasty stars in the audience, snagged the attention of political satirist brett urlich. >> the president should go duck hunting with willie and then we can really start to end the partisan divide in america. >> reporter: this was president obama, the go it alone terminator, mindful he has only three
ABC
Jan 9, 2014 6:30pm EST
face the music. and here's abc's white house correspondent, jim avila. >> reporter: a political walk of shame on what he called his worst day as governor. chris christie has made a national reputation for bold, often heated, aggressive politics. today, stepped back and meekly visited ft. lee, new jersey, to ask for forgiveness and tell the mayor he's sorry. >> i am embarrassed and humiliated by the conduct of some of the people on my team. >> reporter: gone are christie's deputy chief of staff, bridget anne kelly, and his political guru, bill stepien. she was doomed by the release of this e-mail. time for some traffic problems in ft. lee, came after ft. lee's mayor opposed christie. commuters tried to cross the george washington bridge to manhattan. choked at a 12-booth toll place after christie's aides and allies shut down two of the only three toll booths, serving cars leaving from ft. lee. backing up streets and creating city-wide gridlock. crippling emergency response. >> i had no involvement in its issue, its planning or its execution. and i am stunned by the abject stupidity. i
ABC
Jan 20, 2014 5:30pm PST
aftermath of hurricane sandy. here's abc's senior national correspondent, jim avila. >> thank you. >> reporter: january in jersey, designed to be a chris christie festival. gop fund-raisers in florida. and at home, the crowning of the favorite son. the state of the state address. and then, tomorrow's inaugural. all capped off by the run-up to the christie-hosted super bowl. >> the super bowl is in new jersey. >> reporter: instead, it's scandal whack-a-mole. today, christie's lieutenant governor, denying she tried to bully the smalltown mayor of hoboken, into supporting a project the governor liked, by tying it to sandy relief funds. >> any suggestion that sandy funds were tied to the approval of any project in new jersey is completely false. >> it's stunning. it's outrageous. but it's true. and i stand by my word. >> reporter: christie's office insists the $340,000 hoboken has received directly is no worse than other towns. since most of the sandy relief went directly to individuals, not local governments. ironically, hoboken's mayor actually supported christie for re-election. on
ABC
Jan 28, 2014 6:30pm EST
abc's senior national correspondent, jim avila, shows you what you can do. >> reporter: it's the flash out of nowhere, when you don't expect it. sometimes when you don't deserve it. a baltimore intersection. this driver has clearly stopped. but the unmanned speed camera cites this car, brake lights on and traffic whizzing in front of it, for going 38 miles per hour in a 25-mile-per-hour zone. a costly mistake at 40 bucks a ticket. among the documented 10% error rate for speed cameras in baltimore. some individual cameras off by as much as 50%, according to an audit leaked to "the baltimore sun" that has the city council investigating. nationwide, about half the states use cameras. cheaper and easier than radar guns. but class-action suits in ohio and new york attack their reliability. los angeles stopped issuing camera tickets altogether. this maryland driver videotaped his speed, ten miles below the limit. the speed camera ticketed him for ten miles over. >> the car with the speed camera was right here. >> reporter: schoolteacher erin grunden got five tickets leaving her marylan
ABC
Jan 21, 2014 6:30pm EST
national correspondent jim avila has those details. >> reporter: chris christie began his second term, sporting a more presidential haircut and noticeably lighter on his feet. today's snow squall forced canceled the inaugural party. but it's the storm of scandal that has damaged christie's straight-shooter publical brand. and bipartisanship. >> we have to play outside of the red and blue boxes that the media pundits put us in. >> reporter: but today, another accusation, this time from new jersey's own gold medal olympian sprinter, carl lewis, who accused christie of withdrawing an offer to be the state's athletic ambassador when lewis tried to run for state senator on the democratic ticket. >> it was pretty clear he was going to do what it took to get me out of the race. and so, intimidation, i think he's trying to intimidate me. >> reporter: a new voice added to the three new jersey mayors already accusing the governor of bullying. >> i think it was personal. >> reporter: the christie camp says lewis' charge is just sour grapes baz he failed residency requirements. but the man who ou
ABC
Jan 14, 2014 5:30pm PST
national correspondent jim avila tells us what he said today. >> reporter: it was chris christie's fourth state of the state address. and with scandal swirling, you could see from his face as he entered the chamber, his most important. >> the last week has certainly tested this administration. >> reporter: he spoke slowly and deliberately as he carefully delivered four paragraphs about the dirty politics his administration was caught practicing at the george washington bridge. delivering a well-worn political phrase, spoken when the boss wants to apologize without taking any personal responsibility. >> mistakes were clearly made. and as a result, we let down the people we're entrusted to serve. >> reporter: governor christie walked that fine line. mistakes were made. what he didn't say was, i made mistakes. sound familiar? it should. >> serious mistakes -- >> mistakes were made here. >> where mistakes have been made. >> a serious mistake was made. >> reporter: the governor did promise to do better today and clearly tried to change the focus. the rest of his speech bragged about how well h
ABC
Jan 27, 2014 5:30pm PST
and to step in. and here's abc's senior national correspondent, jim avila. >> reporter: these flight attendants and airport workers, training to recognize sex traffickers among the thousands heading to the super bowl. criminals, transporting women and children to new york, against their will. not for the biggest weekend in football. but for the biggest weekend in prostitution. >> any major event where there's going to be a lot of men, a lot of money and a lot of alcohol, there's going to be a an increase in demand for commercial sex. >> reporter: the number of prostitution ads on new york websites jumped by 50% over the weekend. expected to triple by sunday. so, today, a counterattack. new billboards in times square. at madison square garden. and videos played in major train and bus stations. >> it's time to open our eyes. >> these are places we know that victims end up. they will see these billboards. they know someone is out there to help them. >> reporter: the training works. in boston, a child prostitution ring smashed. 86 children freed after an airline worker noticed a man trav
ABC
Jan 13, 2014 5:30pm PST
and even christie's family. is this fair? abc's senior national correspondent, jim avila, tells us the story. >> reporter: chris christie was the unabashed political hero of hurricane sandy. hugging victims. walking the beach with the democratic president. but this part of the governor's sandy relief is now under federal investigation. $25 million of federal money used to create the stronger than the storm ad campaign, featuring christie, his wife and kids. >> we're stronger than the storm. >> reporter: they aired in the middle of the governor's re-election campaign. and now, as if he doesn't have enough trouble, a second federal investigation, totally separate from bridgegate. wants to know did christie pick an ad agency nearly twice as expensive so he could star in the commercial? >> this was a significantly higher bid. and the lower bid refused to include the governor and his family in the ad. >> reporter: the losing ad agency said everything in the two bids was apples to apples, except -- >> none of our creative included the governor at all. >> reporter: while scandal swirls ar
ABC
Jan 28, 2014 2:35am EST
for the young and exploited. most, totally unaware of the big game. jim avila, abc news, washington. >> really disturbing stuff. let's hope some of the awareness efforts pay off. that's just terrible. >> we were talking earlier about the count are fit tickets. two guys were arrested. and one of them they searched his home in queens. they found 30 fake super bowl tickets. along with tickets to an nhl game over the weekend at yankee stadium. and also billy joel tickets. >> they say these tickets were so sophisticated that bar codes again would get you entry, which gives investigators the idea that maybe someone on the inside allegedly helping out. >> very, very interesting. >> still investigating that one. >> right. moving on now, a cruise ship loaded with sick passengers is returning to new jersey tomorrow. royal caribbean says most of the 600 people who fell violently ill from an apparent stomach bug are now up and about. the explorer of the seas will be sanitized a third time once everyone is off the ship. guest will receive a 50% refund for what was supposed to be a ten-day caribb
ABC
Jan 8, 2014 5:30pm PST
? the governor says he's furious tonight. inside the firestorm, abc's senior national correspondent, jim avila. >> at lower level, look at that. starting to get concerned about that. >> reporter: it's the week of september 9th. traffic in ft. lee, new jersey, just across the world's busiest bridge from manhattan, is dangerously gridlocked. four days-straight. emergency vehicles, commuters, school buses. >> i got there and it was piled up all the way back on the street. and i was, like, 20 minutes late for school every day for that week. >> reporter: today, a series of e-mails and text messages reveals that ft. lee's pain was deliberately engineered in a fit of political retribution by members of governor chris christie's office, who triggered this mess with one short order to the agency that runs the george washington bridge. seven little words. time for some traffic problems in ft. lee. two weeks later, these cones mysteriously appear. blocking off two of the three lanes from ft. lee to the bridge. the ripple effect is swift and dramatic. cars back up for miles. a four-hour delay to get
ABC
Jan 10, 2014 5:30pm PST
documents emerged. what did they say? here's abc's jim avila. >> reporter: this is what chris christie woke up to this morning. from ignorance to pathetic in the tabloids. bully to scandal, to sorry, in the national papers. and just a kid playing in traffic from the new yorker. plus, if he stayed up late last night. >> clearly somebody is getting thrown under the bus here. fortunately, for them the bus isn't moving, it's stuck in terrible traffic. >> reporter: when christie walked out for his two-hour contrition fest, his body language hinted at sometimes confident, often sad and increasingly apologetic. >> i apologize. >> reporter: he said apologize 22 times. >> i am responsible -- >> reporter: responsible 19. >> i am responsible. i am sad. >> reporter: and sad, 16. >> christie never lost sight who was truly hurt by this -- chris christie. >> reporter: gone was the defiant, challenging christie, who, last month, he mocked the notion that he was behind the jam. >> i worked the cones actually on that beknownst to everyone. >> reporter: joy is part of a class-action suit announced today,
ABC
Jan 14, 2014 1:42am PST
campaign. here is abc's jim avila. >> reporter: chris christie the unabashed political hero of hurricane sandy hugging victims, walking the beach with a democratic president but this part of the sandy relief is now under federal investigation. $25 million of federal money used to create the stronger than the storm ad campaign, featuring christie, his wife, and kids. >> we're stronger than the storm. >> they aired in the middle of the governor's reelection campaign. and now, as if he didn't have enough trouble, a second federal investigation totally separate from bridge gate -- wants know, did christie pick an ad agency, nearly twice as expensive, so he could star in the commercials? >> this was a significantly higher bid. and the lower bid refused to include the governor and his family in the ad. >> the losing ad agency says everything in the two bids was apples to apples, except -- >> none of our creative included governor at all. >> while scandal swirls around christie, he's not been seen in public since the marathon news conference. but his office did say the commercials were approved
ABC
Jan 15, 2014 1:42am PST
scandal broke shows he still has a 59% approval rating. jim avila, abc news, trenton. >>> more than 1.3 million americans are in limbo this more than. congress remains at a standstill over restoring benefit for the long-term unemployed. lawmakers are considering a three-month extension on that benefit that ran out in december. but diemocrats and republicans are squabbling over how to pay for it. the extension could cost $6 billion in federal funds. >>> 50 years later the world is getting a look at some condolences that poured in following the assassination of president kennedy. the john f. kennedy presidential library in boston released 22,000 letters sent from around the world to jacqueline kennedy. one moving letter is from maxine mcnair, the mother of one of the girls killed in the church bombing months earlier. one of the letters is the response from jackie kennedy's office. >>> police in florida say a man tossed his toddler over a second-story balcony and then jumping, too, amazingly they both survived. the father had been drinking and was frustrated with the 2-year-old boy. th
ABC
Jan 11, 2014 4:00am PST
apologized to citizens saying he had no advance knowledge. abc's jim avila has been on the story from the beginning. >> good morning. the new docks show governor christie's aides were of in the that their politically motivated traffic jam was crippling ft. lee and jeopardizing public safety but they refused to call it off for an entire workweek in september. the new yorker is mocking him and the tabloids took their shots. but the good news for chris christie is that new documents released by his democratic opponent so far have failed to show any personal involvement in the scandal by the new jersey governor. >> i had no knowledge or involvement in this issue, in its planning or its execution. >> reporter: but those documents and e-mails do show just how the four-day traffic armageddon as the ft. lee mayor called that horrendous jam on the george washington bridge was stopped responding to complaints from ft. lee the new york representative of the bi-state port authority stepped in and threatened to expose the politics behind the revenge closing. "i will get to the bottom of this
ABC
Jan 21, 2014 7:00am PST
jim avila is here. has the latest on all that. good morning, jim. >> reporter: good morning, robin. the sorries to ft. lee have turned to no ways for hoboken. the governor's office fighting new charges when they hoped to be looking ahead. inauguration day, a celebration, an honor for chris christie and his running mate, lieutenant governor kim guadagno. instead another scandal. new jersey's second highest government official denies she tried to bully the small town mayor of hoboken by tying sandy relief money to a building project the governor liked. >> i deny any suggestion made by mayor zimmer that there was ever any condition placed on the release of sandy funds by me. >> reporter: a denial hoboken's mayor said she expected. overnight sticking by her story and willing to take a lie detector test to prove it. >> she said this to me. you know, and i stand by my word. >> reporter: this is not at all according to plan for the governor's brain trust. january was designed to be a month-long christie fest. the state of the state, today's inaugural, hosting the super bowl. >> the super
ABC
Jan 21, 2014 1:42am PST
more, jim avila. >> reporter: january in jersey. designed to be a chris christie festival. gop fund-raisers in florida and at home the crowning of the favorite son. the state of the state address. all capped off by the run-up after the christie hosted super bowl. >> the super bowl is in new jersey. >> reporter: instead, scandal whack-a-mole. lieutenant governor denying she tried to bully the mayor of hoboken to support a project the governor liked by tieing it to sandy relief funds. >> any suggestion that sandy funds were tied to the approval of any project in new jersey is completely false. >> it's stunning. it's outrageous, but it's true. and i stand by my word. >> reporter: christie's office insist that $340,000 hoboken has received directly is no worse than other towns since most of the sandy relief went to individuals, not local government. ironically, hoboken's mayor actually supported christie for re-election, once tweeting to be clear i'm very glad christie has been our gov. >> i couldn't believe they were doing that. >> reporter: no comment from the governor who saw new pol
ABC
Jan 28, 2014 1:42am PST
abc's jim avila. >> reporter: these flight attendant and airport workers training to recognize sex traffickers among the thousands headed to the super bowl. criminals transporting women and children to new york against their will. not for the biggest weekend in football, but for the biggest weekend in prostitution. >> any major event where there's going to be a lot of men, a lot of money and a lot of alcohol, there's an increase in demand for commercial sex. >> reporter: in fact, the number of prostitution ads in new york websites jumped by 50% over the weekend, expected to triple by sunday. a counterattack, new billboards in times square, madison square garden and videos played in major train and bus stations. >> it's time to open our eyes. >> these are places we know that victims end up. they will see these billboards. they'll know someone's out there to help them. >> reporter: the training works. in boston a child prostitution ring smashed. 86 children freed after an airline worker noticed a man traveling with two crying children. >> we've caught a dozen. >> reporter: all becaus
ABC
Jan 29, 2014 2:12am PST
. here is senior correspondent, jim avila. >> reporter: it's the flash out of nowhere. when you don't expect it. sometimes when you don't deserve it. a baltimore intersection, this driver has clearly stopped but the unmanned speed camera cites the car. brake lights on, traffic whizzing in front of it for going 38 miles an hour in a 25-mile-an-hour zone. a costly mistake at 40 bucks a ticket. among the documented 10% speed error rates in baltimore. some off by 50% according to an audit leaked to the baltimore sun that has the city council investigating. nationwide, about half the states use cameras, cheaper and easier than radar guns. but class action suits in high -- ohio and new york attack their reliability. california stopped issuing camera tickets all together. this maryland driver videotaped his speed 10 miles below the limit. the speed camera ticketed him for ten miles over. >> the car with the speed camera was approximately right here -- >> reporter: this school teacher got five tickets leaving her maryland school. >> i was clocked at 51 miles an hour. which a math teacher figu
ABC
Jan 10, 2014 1:40am PST
of apologies from new jersey's governor. here's abc's jim avila with the latest. >> reporter: a political walk of shame on what he calls his worst day as governor. chris christie who has made a national reputation for bold, often heated and aggressive politics stepped back and meekly visited ft. lee, new jersey, to ask for forgiveness and tell the mayor he's sorry. >> i am embarrassed and humiliated by the contact of some of the people on my team. >> reporter: gone are christie's deputy chief of staff bridget anne kelly. and his political guru, bill, she was doomed by the release of this e-mail. time for some traffic problems in ft. lee, sent after ft. lee's mayor endorsed christie's opponent. what came next? day after day of four-hour traffic jams as commuters tried to cross the george washington bridge at manhattan. choked at a 12-booth toll after christie's aides and allies shut down two of the three toll booths serving cars leaving ft. lee. backing up streets and creating citywide gridlock, crippling emergency response. >> i had no knowledge or involvement in this issue, in
ABC
Jan 22, 2014 1:42am PST
. as abc's jim avila reports. >> reporter: chris christie began his second term sporting a more presidential haircut and noticeably lighter on his feet. snow squall canceled the inaugural party but the storm of scandal that is badly damaged christie's straight-shooter political brand and undercut his pledge of bipartisanship. >> we have to be willing to play outside the red and blue boxes. that media pundits put us in. >> reporter: but another accusation, this time from new jersey's own gold medal olympian sprinter, carl lewis, who accused christie of withdrawing an offer of being the athletic ambassador when lewis wanted to be the athletic on the ticket. >> it was clear he wanted me out of the race. intimidation, i think he is trying to intimidate me. >> reporter: a new voice added to the three new jersey mayors accusing governor of bullying. the christie camp saying lewis's charge is sour grapes because he failed residency requirements. but the man who outran the world said he couldn't break through the hard ball political world of chris christie's new jersey. jim avila, abc n
ABC
Jan 8, 2014 7:00am PST
helped shed pounds. one of the biggest targets the maker of the product sensa. abc's jim avila has that story. >> reporter: if only it was this easy. >> simply sprinkle sensa on, eat all the foods you love. and watch the pounds come off. >> reporter: the federal trade commission says that claim by sensa, which led to more than $350 million in business over a four-year period is deceptive forcing the company into a settlement to stop claiming -- >> it's that easy. >> the claims simply aren't supported by the evidence. >> reporter: the ftc says sensa quietly paid for consumer endorsements in its commercials and used junk science to back its claims, but now has agreed to stop making false claims and refund $26 million to its customers. sensa told abc news in a statement "sensa stands behind its product, but is making changes in advertising, investing millions in studies to substantiate their claims and will keep selling their product." the ftc also cracked down on the luxury bath product company l'occitane, which advertised its shaping creams can shave inches the settlement forces the famo
ABC
Jan 23, 2014 7:00am PST
. abc's jim avila shows us. >> reporter: passengers on board a norwegian 787 were about to take off from bangkok when they saw this outside their window. fuel poring out of a wing on a dreamliner right on to the runway. the 285 passengers were evacuated without incident. but for boeing and its plane of the future dubbed the dreamliner for all of its creature comforts and fuel economy, reliability remains a problem. >> you know, the only problem with the 787 is that it's a new airplane and new airplanes get a lot of attention especially ones that are so uniquely built. >> reporter: in july, in japan a 787 traveling from tokyo to boston was forced to turn around over canada after a fuel pump problem was detected. a week before that, a fire on an empty dreamliner forced heathrow to close both of its runways. the dreamliner was grounded for three months last year after concerns about overheating lithium battery, a nippon airways flight was forced to make an emergency landing and evacuate after in-flight alarms located a battery fault prior to takeover. panic on this japanese airliner when sm
ABC
Jan 12, 2014 8:00am PST
started with the latest developments from new jersey. jim avila is there. jim? >> reporter: good morning, martha. during the two hour news conference he answered every question, except the critical one, how can this happen? dangerously leaving that to his critics, the press and federal prosecutors. this is not the bombastic chris christie america knows so well, meekly walking down the steps on a humiliating apology tour. but so far, and the investigations have just begun, nothing in the more than 2,000 pages of documents posted by his political enemies have found the lie in this blanket denial. >> i had no knowledge or involvement in this issue, it's planning or execution. >> reporter: what the documents do show is his aids and appointees were monitoring the traffic disaster they had created with a smoking-gun e-mail, time for traffic problems in ft lee. and christie allies had been warned of the congestion and emergency services had been seriously hampered. >> people protecting the public impaired public safety. >> reporter: the new documents show the pleas were ignored for four
ABC
Jan 21, 2014 2:35am EST
blind-sided by scandal. jim avila, abc news, new york. >> iran sun invited from tomorrow's talks aimed at ending the war in syria. last-minute inclusion of iran threatened talks since syrian opposition leaders said they would not attend. iran is a long time backer of syrian president assad. >>> with just over two weeks until olympic opening ceremonies, authorities in russia are on the hunt for a young woman thought to be what they call a black widow terrorist on a suicide mission. they believe she somehow made it past the ring of security set up to protect the olympics. and if there is trouble at the games, the pentagon is offering u.s. air, naval support, and two ships in the black sea. >> broncos and seahawks aren't the only teams getting ready for the super bowl. those keeping the teams safe are also working on their plans. >>. >> reporter: is t is this nearly one-mile stretch of waterway along the jersey city shoreline that tops one of the security concerns during super bowl week. within this zone sits the hyatt hotel and westin hotel where the seahawks and broncos will be st
ABC
Jan 27, 2014 7:00am PST
. abc's jim avila has the new details. good morning to you, jim. >> reporter: good morning, josh. if you fly overseas, you have probably flown aboard a 767. the airlines love them -- delta, american, united -- because it can fly long distances on just two engines. saving fuel. it has a long safety record. for 13 years, a stubborn problem with the tail assembly that could, in theory, cause pilots to lose control. and today reports the wall street journal the aaa is asking them to permanently fix the safety issue with parts and tests just developed by boeing. it's not an emergency fix. since the temporary fixes have kept the 767 in the air for more than a decade now. the potential for a jammed tail is serious enough for the faa to order all 400 767s operating in the u.s. to be retrofitted within six years. josh? >> thank you, jim. >>> also new this morning, florida congressman trey radel resigning. over seas a u.s. air strike in somalia targeted a car in a small southern village. u.s. officials acknowledged the attack but will not confirm reports that a commander of the al shabaab mili
ABC
Jan 9, 2014 7:00am PST
. abc's jim avila is in ft. lee, new jersey, right now, has the very latest for us. good morning, jim. >> reporter: good morning, robin. it's four days that ft. lee, new jersey, won't soon forget. the feds now asked to join the investigation into that massive traffic jam that endangered lives for apparently political reasons. >> looks like there might be a tie-up. >> reporter: this town in the shadow of america's busiest bridge, the george washington from new jersey to manhattan paralyzed by the simple closing of two of three approach lanes. a few cones that backed up traffic through downtown ft. lee day after day in what now is clearly an act of political retribution by the high-ups that report directly to governor chris christie. >> this puts at risk people in the community of ft. lee. >> reporter: in fact, in a letter from the director of ft. lee emergency services obtained by abc news, the mayor is advised of four separate incidents that week where first responders were delayed by the man-made traffic jam including one in which a 91-year-old heart attack victim died after paramedi
ABC
Jan 10, 2014 7:00am PST
jim avila is in ft. lee, new jersey, the site of the traffic jams that touched off this scandal. good morning, jim. >> reporter: good morning, robin. for the normally bombastic chris christie it was a political walk of shame and perhaps more importantly, a template of blanket denial of any personal involvement that will now be examined by everyone from the pruz press corps to the fbi. it was governor chris christie's worst day in politics ever and perhaps his most important. forced to lower his voice and meekly visit the small town of ft. lee to personally apologize to the mayor and its citizens. >> mayor and i had a good, productive meeting. >> i accepted his apology. >> reporter: that may have been the easy part because he had to fire two of his closest aides. >> i am embarrassed and humiliated. >> reporter: gone are deputy chief of staff bridget anne kelly and his political guru bill stepien. she was doomed by this e-mail, "time for some traffic problems in ft. lee" after the mayor endorsed christie's opponent. the result, four days of commuter chaos and public safety delays
ABC
Jan 24, 2014 7:00am PST
subpoenaed and asked to turn over documents as part of a federal investigation. and abc's jim avila has the story. >> reporter: this morning, newly hired lawyers for the christie for governor re-election campaign and the new jersey republican state committee confirmed they've been subpoenaed to supply documents to the feds. sources tell abc news the government subpoenas are designed to find any e-mails between the governor and his political guru bill stepien. this part of an ongoing investigation for any possible evidence that might link christie directly to the orders to close ft. lee's access to the george washington bridge four days last september. >> before you decide what's a federal crime you want to find out who gave all the orders to whom and i think that it may connect to christie. >> reporter: governor christie and stepien guiding the preliminary christie for president efforts broke their long political relationship two weeks ago when christie asked him to resign. this after e-mails that showed the architect of both the successful campaigns for governor was mocking the mayor w
ABC
Jan 20, 2014 7:00am PST
sandy relief if the she did not block one of the governor's pet projects. jim avila has been tracking it from the start. >> reporter: now it's the mayor of hoboken who claims she was bullied by the christie administration and her citizens, she says, are the victims. this morning, new jersey governor chris christie facing a new accusation of political bullying. democrat dawn zimmer, the mayor of hoboken says she was told her city would not get relief funding for hurricane sandy damage if she didn't back a development deal backed by the governor. >> this project is really important to the governor and she said that she had been with him on friday night and that this was a direct message from the governor. >> reporter: zimmer appearing sunday on cnn said she had a good relationship with governor christie but that changed when she was approached by lieutenant governor kim guadagno at a public event in a grocery store parking lot. to back the rockefeller high-rise project in her town, across the hudson from manhattan. >> this is a threat and this is wrong. this is not fair to hoboken, give
ABC
Jan 15, 2014 7:00am PST
jersey voters. abc's jim avila has been on the story from the start. >> reporter: chris christie's fourth state of the state address as new jersey governor was clearly high stakes. the normally bombastic governor stood outside the statehouse chamber, his face showing the tension, his entrance muted despite three minutes of applause. >> now, the last week has certainly tested this administration. >> reporter: the first four paragraphs of the speech dedicated to those substantiated allegations that some of his closest advisers urged the port authority to close lanes on the george washington bridge as political retribution. now i'm the governor and i'm ultimately responsible for all that happens on my watch, both good and bad. >> reporter: it was not a full mea culpa. he used the time-worn phrase other politicians have used to avoid personal responsibilities. "mistakes were made" rather than "i made a mistake." >> mistakes were made and as a result we let down the people we're entrusted to serve. >> reporter: he promised not to stonewall the investigation into whether his aides broke the law
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Jan 29, 2014 2:35am EST
you cash in a flash. even when the picture doesn't tell the story. jim avila, abc news, washington. >> i have gotten a ticket from one of those cameras where i swear i didn't run a red light. >> really? >> yeah. >> you could >>> welcome back. time now for "the mix." we are telling you we love stories about food. i love this story. and i think i found my future career. >> really? >> if the broadcasting thing doesn't work out. so this woman in south korea makes $9,000 a month eating. people pay to go on-line and watch her eat. >> she is just eating food? >> just eating. a big spread. pretty impressive. but that's what she does. just sits there and eats her food. people pay a subscription to sign in and see her. they say because a quart he of households there are occupied by just one individual so it brings the idea of eating with someone. so you're not eating alone. this used to be a an to raise yr employee's wages. it's good for the economy, good for america. >> the president also gave a tip of the hat to speaker of the house, john boehner. talking about the american dream, and the
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